Bakers, Childrens and the Misery Islands have been part of the Salem community for centuries and today remain as elusive as ever. The Salem Historical Society in collaboration with The Salem Museum invite you to learn about these unique islands in an exhibit at Old Town Hall now through October 31, 2019.
Salem History Events
The story of Salem shipping often focuses on the truly successful like the Derbys, the Crowninshields, and the Cabots. What about those captains who were just trying to get by? What were the stresses and realities of a life at sea in Salem at the turn of the nineteenth century?
Come hear the story of Nathaniel Hathorne Sr., Nathaniel Hawthorne’s father, one of the less fortunate of Salem’s scions. David Moffat, local historian, museum professional, and co-founder of the Salem Historical Society, will explore his life through the records of his voyages, his home, and his legacy reflected through the prism of his son’s literary career.
Trustee and co-founder Diana Dunlap at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion at Marblehead Museum for a talk entitled “Cinders and Suds: Servant Life at the Lee Mansion.” Diana will be at the mansion from 10:00-4:00 as she discusses how a midday meal was prepared and how chores were conducted to maintain the household of one of New England’s wealthiest families.
On Wednesday evening, September 25, author Robert Booth, one of our new trustees, will be giving a talk at the Ipswich Historical Society focusing on the Smithsonian’s reinterpretation of feminist and African-American history regarding the Choate-Caldwell House originally located at 16 Elm St. Ipswich, which now resides at the Museum of American History as their largest single artifact on permanent display. The talk will begin at 7:30.
Members of The House of the Seven Gables are invited to enjoy the Salem Celebrates the Fourth fireworks display as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthday from the seaside lawn.
Please feel free to bring your own picnic, blanket, and lawn chairs for a front-row seat to the City of Salem’s extraordinary fireworks display over the harbor. A cash bar will be provided from 6:00-9:15pm. NO outside alcohol is permitted on the grounds. Cake to celebrate Hawthorne’s birthday will be cut and served at 8:00pm.
This event is by invitation-only and only for members of The House of the Seven Gables and their friends and family.
To become a member of The House of the Seven Gables, please visit 7gables.org,
The Salem Museum is the gateway to Salem attractions and historic sites. Visitors may think of the witchcraft trials or the China trade, and while those are very important aspects of Salem history, there is so much more! That’s where we come in.
We present hundreds of stories that make up Salem’s rich past.
Open Noon-5 PM Daily thru October 31st
Your visit to the city may be short. Come here first to get a clear idea of what you can see and what you might be missing! Because when it gets down to it, Salem itself is a museum and we are your orientation center. From here, you can visit historic homes, other terrific museums, living history attractions, and a number of famous and not-so-famous locations throughout the city.
Join PEM and the North Shore Juneteenth Association Inc. in a celebration of Juneteenth. Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, this nationwide holiday commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States. Paint your own Juneteenth flag with Rose Garcia and hear empowering stories from black history.
11 am–2 pm in the Peabody Essex Museum Atrium | FREE for all!
Explore 5 of Marblehead’s finest privately-owned Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary-era houses, all built for families who put their lives on the line to fight for independence and the establishment of the fledgling country. During this self-guided house tour, guests may set their own pace as they walk the streets of downtown Marblehead to visit these storied historic homes. The tour also includes the two gems of what is referred to as Bank Square: the Jeremiah Lee Mansion (owned and operated by Marblehead Museum) and the Robert “King” Hooper Mansion (the only Tory home on the tour, owned by the Marblehead Arts Association). The privately-owned tour houses include 147 Washington Street (Nathaniel Hooper House), 185 Washington Street (William R. Lee House), and 69 Pleasant Street (John Glover Hooper House), and 2 others! 10am-3pm. Check-in and pick up your tour booklet with tour locations and information at the Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington Street. $35 members; $40 nonmembers. Purchase your tickets https://www.marbleheadmuseum.org/events-calendar/patriot-mansion-house-tour/, in person at 170 Washington Street, or call 781-631-1768.
On May 18 and June 15, Historic New England and University of Massachusetts- Boston graduate student Madison Vlass will look back at Salem’s Italian immigrant history. During the first half of the twentieth century, Salem’s High, Endicott, and Gedney Streets supported a thriving community of Italian immigrants. Historic New England’s Gedney House, located in the heart of the neighborhood, was a tenement that house multiple Italian American families. participants in this walking tour will revisit a past where small shops and fruit stalls, the Christopher Columbus Society, homemade wine, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church were a way of life.
Tours are offered on Saturday, May 18 from 1:00 -2:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Advance tickets are recommend. Price is $10 for members of Historic New England and Salem resident, $15 for nonmembers. The Gedney House is located at 21 High Street in Salem, Mass. For more information, please call 978-744-0440 or buy tickets online at www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
This unique walking tour will highlight architecture, history, and fun facts about the Andover's Historic Mill District in a fast-paced, and highly participatory way. Interactive games (anyone for a round of The Price is Right?) and humorous challenges will be played as we explore the neighborhood's past. Snacks are also provided! This might not be your grandma's type of walking tour (you know her better than we do), but we'd be happy if she came too! Participants are encouraged to take photos, bring a sense of humor, and share their experiences via social media. Off-Beat Andover Tours are a fun way of bringing people together to learn about the sometimes quirky and unexpected history of Andover, get outside and explore, and have a good laugh.
Join Historic Salem, Inc. in celebrating 75 years of Historic Salem’s preservation successes and recognizing their partners in preservation!
Indian, Indonesian, & Chinese small plates
Creative cocktail attire.
Tickets are $75 for HSI members and Christmas in Salem volunteers, $100 for non-members.
RSVP by May 24th and be entered to win a complimentary House History & Plaque to keep or to give as a gift!
Broad Street Cemetery was established in 1655 and is Salem’s second oldest cemetery. Noted burials at the cemetery include a Salem Witch Trials judge, Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, and local merchants and philanthropists.
Join us for a guided tour of this historic cemetery with Fred Norton, official storyteller of the Friends of Broad Street Cemetery, who will explore the history of the cemetery and the stories of those who are buried there, and stone conservator Rachel Meyer, who will discuss ongoing efforts to preserve the cemetery’s historic slate and marble burial markers, which exhibit some of the best gravestone carving on the North Shore.
For more information and for rain date if necessary, please check the Friends of Broad Street Cemetery Facebook page.
Sponsored by The Friends of Broad Street Cemetery and the Salem Historical Commission
Join Historic New England on June 1 for their annual Open House! Most of their historic properties will be open for free to explore on your own or take a guided tour. Share your experience with them by tagging #HistoricNewEngland on Instagram.
Historic New England museums in Salem include the Phillips House and Gedney House.
Get your hands into all things fiber! Join the House of the Seven Gables for an exploration into the historical methods of wool production, hand-sewing, rug-hooking, card weaving and more.
These labors will be ongoing during the length of the program.
Uncover the secrets and techniques of trades, chores & crafts of the past. Historical trade demonstrations will vary each month.
Arts and Mysteries revealed will be scheduled during North of Boston‘s 17th Century Saturdays. This special programming will be included with your admission to The Gables.
Join the Friends of the Downtown Salem Historic Cemeteries at Charter St Cemetery in the morning for a clean up and public outreach with information about current conservation efforts and distribution of flyers about the cemetery's history. At noon they will move to Howard Street and repeat the process there! They will have water and lemonade for all of the thirsty workers, and will provide gloves and trash bags, but participants are welcome to bring their own! Please note that there is a city wide clean up happening that day, so please check in with the Friends when you arrive so they can teach you how to safely navigate the sites. Thank you!
June 1 kicks off the monthly 17th Century Saturdays celebration in Essex County and at The House of the Seven Gables. First period homes from around the region will be offering special activities all day.
The Gables will offer free garden passes on June 1. With the garden pass, you can enjoy Living History Labs in the 1682 Hooper-Hathaway House, and unique shopping in the Museum Store, located in the c.1655 Retire Beckett House. Take in the architecture, seaside views, and the annual exhibit Pop! Goes The Gables.
Guided tours of The House of the Seven Gables will be included with regular, paid admission.
Check out the offerings for our new Arts and Mysteries Revealed on first Saturdays. Uncover the secrets and techniques of trades, chores & crafts of the past. Historical trade demonstrations will vary each month.
For more information about 17th Century Saturday events around the region, please visit northofboston.org.
To celebrate National Preservation Month, the Peabody Essex Museum Phillips Library is hosting an Open House at the Phillips Library Reading Room. The event will focus on items in the collections that are associated with the Ropes Mansion, located at 318 Essex Street.
Items on view will include original manuscripts related to the building’s provenance and history, photographs documenting changes through time, materials related to preserving the Ropes Mansion into the 21st Century, objects owned by past residents of the house, and much more! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Merchant will be hosting best-selling author William Martin for a meet and greet as he shares a presentation of exciting details from his latest book, “Bound for Gold.”
Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, a PBS documentary, book reviews, magazine articles, and a cult-classic horror movie, too. Refreshments will be provided, and all guests will have a chance to win a basket of local gifts and goodies.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at EventBrite.
All ticket sales will be donated to Lifebridge North Shore. For more than three decades, Lifebridge has been working to meet the most urgent needs of the homeless and under-housed on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Initially a soup kitchen that served the homeless two evenings each week, Lifebridge North Shore now supports more than 300 individuals every day.
As a thank you for service to our country, The House of the Seven Gables is pleased to offer free admission for veterans with military ID on Memorial Day.
Active military families receive the military discount with ID during regular operating hours for guided tours.
“Dearest Wife and My Darling Children — [. . .] We have expected war to come to us for a long time. It is here and I want you to know I love you. That seems to be all there is in my heart.” –Captain Wilber Bradt
Professor Hale Bradt’s “Wilber’s War” has touched the lives of veterans and their families all across America. In honor of Memorial Day and the veterans who sacrifice for our country, History Alive, Inc. presents the WWII saga of Captain Wilber and Norma Bradt, captured in the letters discovered by their son on his 50th birthday.
This is a one-night-only performance, so be sure to get your tickets early at https://wilber.brownpapertickets.com/
Sunday, May 26. 5PM-6PM. Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA. $10 general admission. Free for Veterans. Professor Bradt will be in attendance.
Choose to march with invading redcoats or resistant colonial militia in Salem’s third annual interactive commemoration of “Leslie’s Retreat,” the 1775 powder alarm in which Essex County militia and townspeople stopped a force of British regulars from stealing their cannon.
On January 1, 2019, the City of Salem, Essex National Heritage Commission, Eastern National, Mass in Motion, and the Salem Historical Society invite locals and community members to participate in First Day Hike, a national initiative established by America’s State Parks to get people outdoors and connecting with places in their own backyards.
“Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne had hoped to finish The House of the Seven Gables by November, but, like many writers even today, finishing a novel on deadline can be difficult. The Witch City Writers challenges you to a speed writing event using the famous first line of Hawthorne’s novel as inspiration.
Because of support from both Mass Humanities and the Witch City Writers, this event is free. Click the ticket link above to reserve a place for your family. For more information, email email@example.com, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.
Emerson W. Baker of the Salem State University History Department will talk about why folk magic was far more common in colonial New England than most of us realize. Daisy wheel marks, witch bottles, well-worn shoes by fireplaces or a horseshoe over a doorway are examples of the counter-magic employed to protect homes and families from evil. They are also evidence that New Englanders dabbled in magic, and feared witches and supernatural forces long after the Salem witch trials ended.
The lecture will be followed by a book signing with Dr. Baker and his work, A Storm of Witchcraft.
This lecture is $10.00 for the general public and free for members of The Gables. Advance tickets will go on sale for this lecture mid-July, 2018.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.
Emerson “Tad” Baker is interim dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and a professor of History at Salem State University. He is the award-winning author of many works on the history of and archaeology of early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. He has served as an advisor for PBS-TV’s American Experience and Colonial House. Baker is a member of the Gallows Hill Project team who recently confirmed the witch trials execution site, and he has co-authored an iPhone app on the witchcraft crisis.
In partnership with Essex National Heritage Area Salem Historical Society presents:
Fallen Heroes: Salem’s Unique Connection to the War of 1812
“Don’t give up the ship” is the motto that the United States Navy sails under to this very day. However, few people are aware that these famous words were uttered during a battle that took place off of the coast of Essex County. These last words of Captain James Lawrence, as his ship USS Chesapeake succumbed to the HMS Shannon on June 1, 1813 were memorialized by his fellow ship captains and are honored by sailors today. However, the story doesn’t end there. Come hear Robin Woodman. President of Salem Historical Society, talk about this battle and its unique connection to the city of Salem.
This event is free and is presented as part of Essex Heritage's Trails & Sails programming.
Christine Thomson is a local conservator whose specialty is paint analysis. This scientific technique is used in historic buildings to help with restoration work and to share better historical information with staff and visitors alike. Ms. Thomson will talk about the importance and techniques of paint analysis and share her 2016 research findings from The House of the Seven Gables. In 2018, The Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary and this talk is complementary to the exhibit These Walls Do Talk, which opens on April 6.
This talk is being held as part of the Essex National Heritage Area;s Trails and Sails weekends. Check out their page for a week of fabulous events around Greater Boston.
This talk is free and open to the public. Please click the ticket link to register.
You don’t get to see boats like this every day! See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats from 1900-1960s. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boats. Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones. Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more!
Boats don’t have to be in show condition; they can be works-in-progress (aren’t they all!). The spirit of the Festival is to gather together the grand old craft and all who love them.
August 25-26, 2018 (Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm)
$5, children under 12 free